University of Exeter

University of Exeter

Assistant Director Research IT

United Kingdom

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Assistant Director Research IT

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IT Services

The University of Exeter has an ambitious strategy embracing the opportunity of digital in research, key to which will be the evolution of our Research IT capability. The University is therefore seeking to bring in Research IT's first, strategic leader who will plan the future for Research IT at Exeter.

The new Assistant Director of Research IT will engage with our research community, then define the future strategy and roadmap for Research IT which will accelerate our progress in research impact and power.

The University of Exeter is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of top UK research universities, having been ranked 137th in the world according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023, and 13th in the UK, in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023. With around 30,000 students from more than 150 countries, we and are proud that in the National Student Survey 2022, we were ranked first amongst Russell Group universities for overall student satisfaction.

The Assistant Director of Research IT is a newly created, critical role. Reporting to the Director of IT Services, you will be responsible for ensuring that the University's Research IT capability (service and change) is fit for purpose and able to protect, support and enhance the full breadth of research IT services that will be delivered either on-campus, purely digitally or in a blended model. The post offers the opportunity for an individual to deliver an effective future Research IT service, which will facilitate improved, efficient research at Exeter. We need a strategic thinking, scientific or research computing leader, with the ability to engage with senior research stakeholders and who can encourage a progressive, efficient Research IT service.

The Role
  • Lead and develop all aspects of Research IT provision across the University. Operate as a senior leader, gaining credibility as a trusted partner to the research community. Build positive peer-to-peer relationships with key research stakeholders. Demonstrate the ‘art of the possible' and stimulate future demand for Research IT.
  • Craft a well-planned, Research IT strategy, technology roadmap and budget including devising an accurate and effective funding model, factoring in robust cost recovery mechanisms.
  • Provide strategic leadership to the Research IT function. Coach and mentor the team, encouraging clarity of responsibility, collaboration, and efficiency of process. Act as a beacon of best practice and coach the adoption of contemporary IT industry disciplines.
  • The Candidate
  • Will have had significant exposure to information technology/ computing leadership in research-driven sectors, coupled with the ability to engage with complex research populations. You will have intellectual credibility and gravitas, plus a proven ability to build relationships with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • A strategic forward thinker, you should demonstrate previous experience crafting consensual yet innovative future plans for research IT functions. This should be backed up with a pedigree of delivery.
  • An enthusing and inspiring people leader, you will have a track record of building well-structured, cohesive teams, whilst encouraging the adoption of contemporary technology techniques and ways of working.
  • How to Apply

    To see much more about this exciting opportunity and to download the full candidate pack, please follow the link below:


    For a confidential discussion, contact Alex Richardson at our retained search consultants Berwick Partners on [email protected] or on 07736 378 614.

    Initial pre-screening interviews with Berwick Partners will take place in the weeks' commencing 06 and 13 May with University of Exeter interviews expected to take place in the week commencing 27 May 2024.

    Closing date: 28th April

    Job details


    Assistant Director Research IT


    University of Exeter


    United Kingdom


    March 29, 2024

    Application deadline

    April 28, 2024

    Job type



    Arts and Culture,Computer Science,Engineering

    About the employer

    The University of Exeter is a public university that focuses on research. It was established in the year 1955. In 1851, it was first formed as Schools of Science and Art. In 1900, its name was then changed to the Royal Albert Memorial College which later converted into a university college of the southwest in the year 1922. And finally, it received its authorization in 1955 as the University of Exeter.

    The university is a part of the Russell Group which contains the top research-intensive universities of United Kingdom and has a total of 3 campuses. Out of all 3, Streatham is the largest campus by area as it contains most of the university's executive buildings.

    Also, it is considered as one of the most beautiful buildings in the nation. Moreover, the Penryn campus is associated with Falmouth University as per a combined initiative.

    The University has more than 25,263 student population who are coming from over 130 different nations. The university organizes its educational and administrative departments into 6 scholastic colleges. There are many research centres and institutes inside the campus. There are more than 200 student societies including creative writing, theatre club, Socialist Students societies, Poker Society and Conservative Future society. The university maintains an athletic union which is responsible for organizing and administrating all the sports activities fairly and actively. The union governs more than 50 sports clubs which have around 5,000 students.

    The university has a great alumni base and actively connects with more than 125,000 alumni in 183 countries across the world. The graduates have been working in different fields. From globally known business leaders and lawyers to inspiring leaders and teachers to highly praised members of the press and artists, this university has proudly touched the lives of its alumni. Some of the much-known alumni of the university are J.K. Rowling (author- famous for Harry Potter series), Ameenah Gurib (Mauritius's 6th President) and Abdullah Gül (Turkey's 11th President).

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